Denmark leads Climate Change Performance Index 2015
12 December 2014
For the third consecutive year, Denmark tops the Climate Change Performance Index table with positive trends in all index categories and with the leading position in the policy sector.
Once again, Denmark leads the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) table with ambitious renewable energy and carbon emissions reduction policies. Denmark along with Sweden even surpassed its benchmark for the winner’s podium.
Even though emission levels are still relatively high, Denmark sets an example in how industrialised countries can not only promise, but also implement effective climate protection policies.
Very progressive electricity sector
Denmark is the best performer when it comes to carbon emissions from electricity and heat production. With a feed-in tariff and an “open door policy” to integrate new renewables into the grid, Denmark has a very progressive electricity sector.
Further, Denmark has an energy agreement demanding that 50% of all electricity consumption must come from wind energy by 2020; the same applies to all renewables combined, which is targeted at 70%. Denmark has also installed an energy saving obligation for energy companies as well as for the industry and manufacturing and construction companies.
These ambitious policies are reflected in an outstanding policy evaluation of national energy and climate experts and result in Denmark holding the top position in the field of national climate policies.
About the CCPI
The Climate Change Performance Index is an instrument designed to enhance transparency in international climate politics. On the basis of standardised criteria, the index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 58 countries that together are responsible for more than 90% of global energy-related CO2 emissions.
For now, the first three places in the CCPI remain unoccupied to remind countries of how much still remains to be done to successfully prevent the dangerous impacts of climate change. Occupying a fourth place, Denmark leads the table.
See the report Climate Change Performance Index Results 2015